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Alaknanda River

The Alaknanda is a Himalayan river in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and one of the two headstreams of the Ganges, the major river of Northern India and the holy river of Hinduism. In hydrology, the Alaknanda is considered the source stream of the Ganges on account of its greater length and discharge; the Alaknanda is considered to rise at the confluence and foot of the Satopanth and Bhagirath Kharak glaciers in Uttarakhand and meet the Sarasvati River tributary at Mana, India, 21 km from Tibet. Three km below Mana the Alaknanda flows past the Hindu pilgrimage centre of Badrinath; the origin of Alaknanda River is of special interest to the tourists who visit the important pilgrimages in Uttarakhand. The Ganges as Alaknanda rises in the southern Himalayas on the Indian side of the Tibet border. On the Satopanth Glacier six km up from Alaknanda's origin at its snout, the triangular Lake Satopanth is found at a height of 4350 m and it is named after the Hindu trinity Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva.

The five main tributaries joining with Alaknanda in order includes Dhauliganga, Pindar and Bhagirathi all rising in the northern mountainous regions of Uttarakhand. After the last tributary merging at Devprayag the river is known as the Ganges; the Alaknanda contributes a larger portion to the flow of the Ganges than the Bhagirathi. The Alaknanda river is among the best for river rafting in the world due to its high rafting grade; the Alaknanda system drains parts of Chamoli and Pauri districts. Badrinath RishiGanga River meet Alaknanda Badrinath, one of the holy destinations for Hindus in India is located near to the bank of the Alaknanda River; this place is surrounded by two mountain ranges of Nar and Narayan on either sides and Neelkanth peak located at the back of Narayan range. Govindgath:. LaxmanGanga meet AlaknandaPanch Prayag Several rivers in the Garhwal region merge with the Alaknanda at places called prayag or'holy confluence of rivers'; these are: Vishnuprayag, where the Alaknanda is met by the Dhauliganga River Nandaprayag, where it is met by the Nandakini River Karnaprayag, where it is met by the Pindar River Rudraprayag, where it is met by the Mandakini River Devprayag, where it meets the Bhagirathi River and becomes the Ganges There are 37 hydroelectric dams in operation, under construction or planned to harness the energy of the Alaknanda river and its tributaries and generate electricity.

There are 23 other proposed projects in the Alaknanda river basin through which the power-potential of the Alaknanda and its tributaries can be harnessed. The proposed 23 hydel-projects are as follows - Alaknanda Bagoli Bowla Nandprayag Chuni Semi Deodi Devsari Dam Gaurikund Gohana Tal Jelam Tamak Karnaprayag Lakshmanganga Lata Tapovan Maleri Jelam Nandprayag Langasu Padli Dam Phata-Byung Rambara Rishiganga I Rishiganga II Tamak Lata Urgam II Utyasu Dam Vishnugad Pipalkoti As the river flows, the towns along its banks are Badrinath, Joshimath, Nandaprayag, Rudraprayag and Devprayag. At each town with suffix prayag, Alaknanda meets another river. 2013 North India floods Alaknanda River Prayags at GMVN

Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi, serialized in Hakusensha's shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from August 2009. It has been collected in thirty tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014, March 24, 2015, featuring the voice cast from the drama CD adaptation, along with new cast members. Set in a fictional nation that draws inspiration from a mixture of Japanese and Chinese cultures, the story follows the redemption of Yona, the sole princess to the Kingdom of Kouka. Yona lives the carefree life of a princess in Hiryuu Castle, being sheltered by her pacifistic father, King Il, protected by her bodyguard and childhood friend Hak. During a party celebrating her sixteenth birthday, her other childhood friend and crush of many years, Su-Won, comes to pay tribute to her. Upon revealing her intention to someday marry him to her father, Yona is shocked and dismayed when King Il pointedly forbids her from choosing Su-Won as a husband.

That night, Yona visits her father's chambers again, determined to convince him to change his mind. Instead, she walks in on Su-Won driving a sword through King Il's chest, revealing that he'd planned a Coup d'état and would become Kouka's next King, she attempts to run only to be chased and nearly killed by Su-Won's guards. Hak intervenes and they escape from the castle to Hak's birthplace, the capital of the Wind Tribe. Under the suggestion of Hak's grandfather Son Mundok and Hak search for a priest named Ik-Su, who tells them the legend of the first king of Kouka and the Four Dragon Warriors who unified the kingdom. Yona and Hak, joined by Ik-Su's assistant Yun, begin a journey to find the descendants of the legendary Four Dragon Warriors in order to survive and save the Kingdom of Kouka. Yona Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō, her mother, Queen Kashi, was killed by insurgents. As a child living in Hiryuu Castle, she spent much time with her childhood friends Son Hak and Su-Won. Sheltered in the castle, she was dependent and naive.

She was not allowed to touch weapons on her father's orders, nor was she aware of the ruined state of her country. After her father's death and Su-Won's betrayal, she was forced to leave Hiryuu Castle with Hak. Instead of hiding in the Wind Tribe, she decided to journey around the country to find the Dragon Warriors mentioned in Ik-Su's prophecy. After opening her eyes to the state of Kouka, she acknowledged and took responsibility for her past ignorance. Vowing to fix Kouka's problems and protect her people in secret, Yona became strong enough to fight and survive on her own. With her fixed determination to become stronger, she requested that Hak teach her archery and sword fighting. Hak only taught her to shoot for self-defense, but he teaches her martial arts and to use a sword. While reluctant to kill, she overcame this hesitation during the battle against Kum-Ji, she is early on revealed to be the reincarnation of Hiryuu, the first king of the Kingdom of Kouka, who had red hair. Being the reincarnation of Hiryuu, the four legendary dragons' blood will react the moment they lay their eyes upon her and they will keep the original Dragon Warrior's oath to protect and fight alongside Hiryuu.

Although Yona cannot forgive Su-Won, after realizing that he genuinely cared for her and Hak and is a genuinely good - and even better - King than Il, a part of her now wishes to understand him better. She wished for revenge, but realized that toppling him off the throne would only plunge Kouka into chaos, realized living a life fueled by hatred was not the answer. Over time, she seems to move past her previous affections for Su-Won and develop new feelings for Hak, which she realizes are romantic, she resolves to someday release him of his role as her bodyguard, return his freedom to him so that he can live out his life in whichever way he wants. Son Hak Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno, Ayahi Takagaki, he is known as the "Lightning Beast" for his astounding lightning-fast fighting skills, earning him the title of the strongest soldier in the Kingdom of Kouka, though he is not famous outside the Sky and Wind Tribes. His talent had been recognized since he was thirteen years old and he was the first person to defeat a general in combat at such a young age.

He was orphaned as a toddler and was adopted by the previous Wind Tribe general, Son Mundok, as his grandson and heir. He was falsely rumored to be the murderer of King Il and to have kidnapped Yona, due to them disappearing from the palace the night of the king's death without public explanation. Hak is sarcastic and nonchalant found teasing Yona, although he cares for her and vows to protect her at all costs, he was a close friend of Su-Won's before his betrayal, looking up to him as a brother, seems to have loved Yona from a young age. However, knowing that Yona had feelings for Su-Won, Hak suppressed his own feelings in favor of Yona and Su-Won living together, he vowed to be Su-Won's right-hand man if Su-Won were to marry Yona and become king, had resolved himself to serving them both for the rest of his life. Being a loyal and straight-forward person, he was hurt by Su-Won's betrayal and

SoCal Olympians

The SoCal Olympians and Paralympians, is the largest and the oldest organization of the United States Olympic team in the United States, with a current membership of 800 athletes. Since 1912, this chapter has continually supplied the largest percentage of athletes that comprise the United States at the Olympics; the organization dates back to 1919, was titled the Southern California Olympian chapter. The membership area includes areas in Southern California from Fresno, California, to the Southern California border with Mexico, a distance of over 300 miles; the current chapter was founded on March 19, 1949, with its first president, Fred Kelly of Orange, California. Since that time the SoCal Olympians and Paralympians has sought to perpetuate Southern California's outstanding Olympic heritage which dates back to 1904; the SoCal Olympians & Paralympians help fund the dreams of future USA Olympians, coordinate member appearances at youth and corporate events, offer fellowship to members of past and current Olympic teams, support the creation of an active, visible worldwide Olympian organization.

More than 800 USA Olympians and Paralympians from past and present United States Olympic Teams who live and work in Southern California draw upon their athletic experiences to inspire and pass on the Olympic ideals of the Olympic Charter to its communities and to enrich the lives of the youth of Southern California. The organization stages a Welcome Home Dinner for Olympians after each summer Olympic Games, provides sports motivational speakers to local community groups, they participate in celebrity Golf tournaments and provide grants to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls through their 501C3 charity, the Koroibos Foundation. The SoCal Olympicians support the international Olympic Day by hosting sports clinics during the month of June; the current president is Tamara Christopherson, who represented Team USA in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Olympians for Olympians Fund Paralympian Sportsperson United States Olympic Committee World Olympians Association Olympic Day Run Official website Database Olympics

Glossy-backed drongo

The glossy-backed drongo is a species of bird in the family Dicruridae. It occurs in sub-Saharan Africa from south Mauritania and Senegambia across to Somalia and northern Kenya; the glossy-backed drongo was described by the German naturalist Hinrich Lichtenstein in 1823 from a specimen obtained in Senegambia. He coined the binomial name Muscicapa divaricata, it was treated as a subspecies of the fork-tailed drongo but it is now considered as a separate species based on the phylogenetic relationships determined in a molecular study published in 2018. There are two subspecies: D. d. divaricatus – Senegambia and south Mauritania to southwest Chad D. d. lugubris – south Chad to Eritrea, north Kenya, north Somalia

They Were Sisters

They Were Sisters is a 1945 British melodrama film directed by Arthur Crabtree for Gainsborough Pictures and starring James Mason and Phyllis Calvert. The film was produced by Harold Huth, with cinematography from Jack Cox and screenplay by Roland Pertwee, they Were Sisters is noted for its frank, unsparing depiction of marital abuse at a time when the subject was discussed openly. It was one of the Gainsborough melodramas. Unlike most of the hugely successful melodramas made by Gainsborough during the mid-1940s, They Were Sisters has a near-contemporary rather than a costume setting, spanning the years from the end of the First World War, to the late 1930s; the screenplay was developed by Pertwee from a popular novel of the same name by Dorothy Whipple, published in 1943. They Were Sisters features the spouses of both Calvert. Mason admitted that he acted most of his bullying, sadistic role with a permanent hangover as a result of his using drinking as a means of dealing with the frustration he felt from his role and the British film industry in general.

The film focuses on the lives of three sisters. It opens at a dance in 1919, establishing their personalities and following them through courtship and marriage. While the sisters remain close to one another, their characters and paths through life are different. Lucy is the most stable, practical and in a happy marriage, whose greatest sadness is her inability to have children, which she sublimates by lavishing affection on her nephews and nieces. Vera is married with a child but the relationship is humdrum and loveless and she is restless and bored, indulging her appetite for adventure and excitement through a series of flirtations, which sometimes go beyond the bounds of the acceptable. Charlotte is a cowed drudge, suffering emotional abuse at the hands of her manipulative, brutal husband Geoffrey, who belittles and humiliates her in front of their three children; the film shifts between the three households but its main focus is the way in which Lucy and Vera have to look on, unable to provide effective help despite their best attempts, as Charlotte's treatment by her husband becomes more shocking and she descends into alcoholism to blur her despair.

A final attempt by Charlotte to flee Geoffrey ends in tragedy. Vera's marriage, crumbles as her husband discovers her in a serious extra-marital relationship and petitions for divorce; the film ends by showing Vera's children being cared for by the childless Lucy. The film was popular at the British box office, being one of the biggest hits of the year; the Times wrote, "the merit of this long and intelligent film lies in the skill with which it establishes the personalities of the sisters...the acting throughout has strength and sincerity." They Were Sisters on IMDb They Were Sisters at AllMovie They Were Sisters at the BFI's Screenonline Review of film at Variety

Guitar Forms

Guitar Forms is a 1965 album by Kenny Burrell, featuring arrangements by Gil Evans. Evans' orchestra appears on only five of the album's nine tracks, including the nearly 9-minute "Lotus Land." Three tracks are blues numbers in a small group format, there is one solo performance: "Prelude #2." "Downstairs" – 2:53 "Lotus Land" – 9:38 "Terrace Theme" – 4:02 "Prelude No. 2" – 2:17 "Moon and Sand" – 4:16 "Loie" – 3:19 "Greensleeves" – 4:12 "Last Night When We Were Young" – 4:34 "Breadwinner" – 3:00 Alternative tracks included on the Verve Jazz Masters reissue: "Downstairs" – 4:11 "Downstairs" – 3:06 "Downstairs" – 2:38 "Downstairs" – 2:36 "Terrace Theme" – 2:59 "Terrace Theme" – 3:58 "Terrace Theme" – 4:09 "Breadwinner" – 3:51 "Breadwinner" – 3:49 "Breadwinner" – 3:17 "Breadwinner" – 3:04 Kenny Burrell - guitar Roger Kellaway - piano Joe Benjamin - double bass Grady Tate - drums Willie Rodriguez - conga Arranged & conducted by Gil Evans Kenny Burrell - guitar Johnny Coles or Louis Mucci - trumpet Jimmy Cleveland & Jimmy Knepper - trombone Andy Fitzgerald - flute & English horn Ray Beckenstein - alto flute, flute & bass clarinet George Marge - English horn & flute or Richie Kamuca - tenor sax & oboe Lee Konitz - alto saxophone Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone Bob Tricarico - tenor sax, bassoon & flute Ray Alonge or Julius Watkins - french horn Bill Barber - tuba Ron Carter - double bass Elvin Jones & Charlie Persip - drums & percussion Creed Taylor – producer Rudy Van Gelder – engineer